It takes a village to put on a Miss Kansas competition.

When the Miss Kansas candidates take the stage on June 6 for the first night of preliminary competition, the audience will see culmination of untold volunteer hours of work that started a year ago on the journey to select a new Miss Kansas and Miss Kansas Outstanding Teen.
Stephanie Harris, Executive Director, Miss Kansas Organization said some in the network of volunteers work for a week, some work for a year, some volunteer for many years but it takes all of them working together to make the Miss Kansas and Miss Kansas Outstanding Teen programs a success.
Planning for Miss Kansas goes on year round. There is much planning and preparation required to get all the local competitions completed in time for the candidates to work with coaches to prepare for the main competition held in Pratt on the first full week in June.
Volunteers do much of  
“They (local competitions) are all successful because of people who donate time and services,” Harris said.
This year’s preliminary competitions are 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, June 6 and 7 in Dennis Lesh Sports Arena on the Pratt Community College campus. Saturday, June 8 is a busy day with Miss and Teen candidates signing autographs in the Pratt Municipal Building at 9 a.m. followed by the parade at 10 a.m. The MKOT competition will start at 2 p.m. in Carpenter Auditorium with the Miss Kansas finale starting at 7 p.m. in Lesh Arena.